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and they put in $70 million in the Senate bill earmarked as part of the bunds that were already there, but there were some general funds that were for states, and of those general funds, they earmarked $70 million.

Q:

This was obligatory then.

Lasker:

It was obligatory. It went back to the House in conference, and Mr. Paul Rogers cut the money in half. Well, $35 million. The bill passed the House and Senate and was sent to the President and the President vetoed the bill. So we have it back again. This year Paul Rogers got the bill. In the meantime, the thing was going on in continued resolution - in other words, continuing the bill the way they had.

Q:

So the program didn't dry up or anything.

Lasker:

No, no. But there was no money for high blood pressure. So Paul got very scared about a veto, and he tried to cut everything be could, including high blood pressure, which he cut down from $35 million to $15 million. This is for all states, 50 states, the major chronic disease that there is in the United States that you can control. We were disgusted, but we knew it after he did it. so we were very cross about that, and we hoped that the Senate would increase it. they didn't increase it. They had all



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